While Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city of steel to a high tech mecca, not everyone has had an equal stake in this transformation. There exists a huge opportunity gap for young people of color. According to My Brother’s Keeper Playbook, 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to graduate. Meanwhile, their are over than 17,000 open computing jobs in Pennsylvania, yet we only graduate 2,820 in computer science as reported by Code.org. And while jobs in computing make up half of openings in the STEM fields, there are relatively few men of color working toward computer science degrees.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Fellows are accomplished young leaders chosen from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each Fellow comes to the United States and participates in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a university or college here. They also get to attend a town hall with the President. They then return to their home countries and build upon the skills they developed during their time in the U.S. Mandela Washington Fellows receive ongoing access to mentoring, networking, training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations.
What would you write in a letter to the next President of the United States? The race for president is uppermost on many minds right now. BMe — a national network of people committed to build caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men — has invited youth ages 14 to 24 (Generation iGen) to participate in the 2016 presidential race by means of their Notice2POTUS essay contest. Participants are asked to articulate their concerns and recommendations for addressing a targeted issue.
Did you know that while approximately 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free/reduced school meals, only a little over 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on a given day? The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank’s Summer Food Program offers free food and fun to anyone age 18 and under all summer long. And, there’s no paperwork required!
Applications for the Learning Garden Program is Friday, May 13th (emailed or post-marked). Nonprofit organizations, Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community, have partnered to build the first five of 50 Learning Gardens in Allegheny County over the next four years. The program was approved by the Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) board. Grow Pittsburgh has had school gardening programs for the past 10 years. The Kitchen Community has built and supported 300 Learning Gardens across four regions nationally and will use their experience to assist in expanding the current work. Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that are adaptable to any schoolyard and are designed to fit the space and needs of each school.
Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty — literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for you?”
Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year’s program.
Pittsburgh is blessed with a wealth of world-class museums. This summer, your child can take full advantage of the renowned permanent exhibitions like the Scaife Galleries and “Dinosaurs in Their Time” at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. The Carnegie Museums are offering a wide array of week-long half- and full-day camps for kids from preschool through high school from
June 13 to August 26.
Imagine being a child and it’s the worst day of your life. You’ve been in a car accident, or your house was on fire, perhaps you witnessed a parent being arrested, or you watched a violent domestic dispute unfold before your eyes and you’re now separated from your parents. If you’re a child who has been caught up in these kinds of traumatic events, you will likely end up in the back of a police car or other emergency response vehicle. While it could of course never completely make up for the pain you’re feeling, finding a teddy bear to hug and hold in the police cruiser could certainly help give some very real comfort. That is the impetus behind a teddy bear drive being spearheaded by City Councilman Dan Gilman in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Police.
Each year, Pittsburgh needs lifeguards for our pools! The Citiparks Aquatics Division is actively recruiting now for lifeguards for the 2016 summer season. If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatic Division needs you. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by June 4, 2016. The starting pay rate is $8.91 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.